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New Culture Secretary named

Maria Miller has been named culture secretary at Westminster, replacing Jeremy Hunt who will head the Department of Health in David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle. Miller has been promoted to cabinet for the first time and in addition to her new responsibilities at the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) she will also become minister for women and equalities. The Tory MP was selected as the parliamentary spokeswoman for Basingstoke in May 2003 and has most recently served as the minister for disabled people at the Department for Work and Pensions. She has beaten Ed Vaizey, who was tipped for the DCMS post amid frenzied speculation about the prime minister’s reshuffle.

 Miller has experience in the media sector following two spells at advertising agency Grey Advertising, as well as a four-year stint as a marketing manager at oil firm Texaco, before she became an MP in 2005.